Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017
On Tuesday, the Thailand cabinet extended the free visas at Thai embassies and consulates by six more months that is till August. Furthermore, it has also started offering discount on visas on arrival for tourists from 21 countries.
The Tourism and Sports minister of Thailand has decided the proposition with an aim to draw foreign visitors.
This is because the visa incentive measure that had been established earlier for a period of three months, from December to 28th February had increased the number of tourist arrivals by 12.4%, according to Sansern Kaewkamnerd who is the government spokesperson.
As per the new measure, the visa fees have been waived at Thai embassies and consulates.
And, the visa on arrival has been halved to 1,000 baht.
This special scheme would prove to be extremely beneficial for travellers from India, Mauritius, Andorra, the Maldives, Lithuania, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Malta, Cyprus, Bhutan, China, Latvia, Fiji, Ethiopia, Taiwan, Romania, Papua New Guinea, San Marino and Bulgaria.
Gen Sansern said that the concerned authorities would be coming up with a solution to compensate the Foreign Ministry that would be losing nearly 7.5 million baht from normal visa fees in the six-month period.
The new visa scheme has been introduced by the Thailand government with a view to counteract the sharp slump in Chinese tourist arrivals after the zero-dollar crackdown of the government in late September in 2016.
Since December 2016, the new visa scheme has led to an increase in tourist arrivals since December.
Last year, Thailand was capable of attracting 23.6 million tourists.
From 1st to 20th January, as much as 1.8 million international tourists had arrived in Thailand that marks a 6% increase year-on-year.